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2012-13 Saint Leo Lions men's, women's basketball previews

Saint Leo

Men

Coach: Lance Randall (18-12, second season at SLU)

Last season: 18-12 (10-6 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: The Lions had their best season in program history last season, finishing third in the Sunshine State Conference. The league selected Saint Leo as preseason favorite, and the Lions are currently ranked No. 14 in the preseason National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll. Saint Leo returns four starters, including conference newcomer of the year Trent Thomas (15.4 points, 3.6 rebounds per game) and Marcus Ruh, who led the Lions with an average of 2.7 assists last season.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

 3 Marcus Ruh 6-4 G Sr.

 4 Shaun Adams 6-6 F Sr.

 5 Tom Neary 6-7 F Sr.

11 Dominick Robinson 6-0 G Sr.

12 Jaylon Bell 5-11 G Fr.

15 Chim Kadima 6-4 G Jr.

20 Taylor Bassett 6-3 G So.

22 Trey Griseck 6-6 G Fr.

24 Cale Girten 6-6 F So.

25 Jerrel Harris 5-10 G Jr.

32 Spenser Mitchell 6-8 F Jr.

33 Stephane Beneche 6-8 C Fr.

34 Trent Thomas 6-4 G Sr.

Schedule: Tonight — Shorter, 7:30; Nov. 14 — Tuskegee, 7:30; Nov. 23 — Lincoln at Milwaukee, TBA; Nov. 24 — TBA; Nov. 30 — Armstrong, 6; Dec. 1 — Fort Valley State, 4:30; Dec. 11 — Nova Southeastern, 7; Dec. 15 — at Virginia Union, 4; Dec. 17 — at Elizabeth City State, 7; Jan. 2 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 7; Jan. 5 — Lynn, 4; Jan. 9 — Florida Southern, 7:30; Jan. 12 — at Barry, 4; Jan. 16 — at Tampa, 7:30; Jan. 19 — Florida Tech, 4; Jan. 23 — at Eckerd, 7:30; Jan. 26 — Rollins, 4; Jan. 30 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 7:30; Feb. 2 — at Nova Southeastern, 4; Feb. 6 — at Lynn, 7:30; Feb. 9 — Barry, 4; Feb. 13 — at Florida Southern, 7:30; Feb. 16 — at Florida Tech, 4; Feb. 20 — Tampa, 7:30; Feb. 23 — at Rollins, 4; Feb. 27 — Eckerd, 7:30

Women

Coach: Nikki Jessee (7-19, second season)

Last season: (7-19, 1-15 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: The Lions have only two seniors and are loaded with talented youngsters. They return four of their five leading scorers from last season — juniors Chelsea Williams (12.8 points per game) and Chelsea Connelly (8.3 ppg, 7.8 rebounds per game), sophomore Kinnara Lewis (7.3 ppg) and senior Christina Granville (5.5 points, 1.2 steals). All seven of Saint Leo's wins last season came at home. Connelly finished in the top five in the league with 1.2 blocks per game.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

00 Kinnara Lewis 5-6 G So.

 3 Sarah Winans 5-8 G So.

 5 Abbey Steudler 5-7 G Fr.

10 Teresa Manigrasso 5-8 G Sr.

12 Elise Clyburn 5-5 G Sr.

13 Chelsea Williams 6-0 F Jr.

15 Christina Granville 5-10 F Sr.

21 Artigua Kilpatrick 5-8 G Jr.

22 Marcedes Caver 5-4 G Jr.

23 Erin Higgins 5-6 G So.

24 Chelsea Connelly 5-10 G Jr.

32 Keishara Green 5-11 F Jr.

34 Colby Ryan 5-10 G So.

Schedule: Tonight — Virginia Intermont at Tampa, 1; Saturday — Ave Maria at Tampa, 6; Nov. 16 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 5:30; Nov. 17 — Lindenwood, 7:30; Nov. 21 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 4; Nov. 26 — Warner, 7; Dec. 1 — Nova Southeastern, 2; Dec. 10 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 6; Dec. 19 — at Valdosta State, 7; Dec. 29 — Ursuline, 4; Dec. 30 — Trevecca Nazarene, 4; Jan. 5 — Lynn, 2; Jan. 9 — Florida Southern, 5:30; Jan. 12 — at Barry, 2; Jan. 16 — at Tampa, 5:30; Jan. 19 — Florida Tech, 2; Jan. 23 — at Eckerd, 5:30; Jan. 26 — Rollins, 2; Feb. 2 — at Nova Southeastern, 2; Feb. 6 — at Lynn, 5:30; Feb. 9 — Barry, 2; Feb. 13 — at Florida Southern, 5:30; Feb. 16 — at Florida Tech, 2; Feb. 20 — Tampa, 5:30; Feb. 23 — at Rollins, 2; Feb. 27 — Eckerd, 5:30

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

2012-13 Saint Leo Lions men's, women's basketball previews 11/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:37pm]
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